Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
The Ione and
Workshop for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles
: USU humanities
and social sciences faculty to propose and implement a workshop for K-12
teachers, to be held in the summer of 2017. Proposed workshops should provide
an atmosphere and the educational resources to explore the concepts upon which
democracy is built, the conditions under which it flourishes, and the dangers
to its existence. Interpretation of this mission is broad, and many humanities
and social science topics may qualify. We encourage proposals with a global
perspective, e.g. emerging democracies and the lessons they offer on democratic
principles, process and the role of the educational system in this transition.
The workshop is
held each summer and is attended by K-12 teachers and prospective teachers from
throughout Utah and the Mountain West. The workshop should be high in content to
provide teachers with background in the subject matter and tools for use in the
The workshop is
directed by USU faculty or faculty teams who have proposed a topic and outlined
a plan for the workshop. (If, at any time, there is a lack of proposals
submitted from USU faculty, we may solicit proposals from faculty members at
USU or other universities.) Proposals should include visiting speakers,
hands-on experiences, practical assignments, and time for discussion and
interaction among students and faculty.
Past topics have
included "Democracy in Asia: A Universal or American System?," "Journalism as a Tool for Education and Education as the Key to Sustaining Journalism," "Developing Students into Collaborative Citizens: Learning Civil Discourse and Democratic Decision-Making," “The Changing Course of Democracy: The Contested Meanings of a
Political Idea,” “The Open Space of Democracy: How Place Writing Transforms
Classrooms, Communities, and the World,” “Democracy in Transition: U.S.
Presidential Elections, 1960-2008,” and “Balancing Liberty and Security in U.S.
Foreign Policy, Past and Present: Does the War on Terrorism Change Everything.”
: Wednesday, October 31, 2016, at 5:00 pm.
How to Apply
or individuals applying will need to submit a proposal narrative and budget for
the workshop. The workshop is usually held during on the USU campus in June.
Applicants may suggest other times and places as well. Distance learning
technology may also be employed. Effective communication and involvement with
workshop participants are key considerations.
. The proposal
narrative should be approximately five pages and include:
title for the workshop
for each of the five days
of proposed speakers and directors
needs for copy services, technical services, food services, etc.
publicity and marketing plan—Who do you want to attend and how will you attract
them? The cost of designing, printing, and mailing the Bennion brochure should
be included here (consult with Barbara Warnes in the Mountain West Center for
help with estimating costs). While the project directors assume primary
responsibility for publicity and generating lists for mailing, the Mountain
West Center staff will assist in this area and provide mailing lists as well.
number of students
. All costs
should be itemized and realistic, including:
fee for the director of up to one month’s salary and benefits (may be split
among co-directors), depending on nature of the planned activities and
and travel for visiting speakers
of teaching assistants, graduate assistants, or staff assistants
trip expenses (if applicable)
costs (breaks, lunches, etc.)
costs (printing, mailing, phone, including designing, printing, and mailing the
Bennion brochure, etc.)
learning or other technological costs
phone, postage as needed
travel stipends, averaging about $250 each, for up to 20 teachers
budget will probably be in the $22,000 - $25,000 range. Funding variances from
year to year may require a smaller budget.
Faculty wishing to submit a proposal are
encouraged to work with Barbara Warnes in the Mountain West Center on developing
their proposal budget.
arrive in MAIN 339 by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2016. The mailing address
Attn: Barbara Warnes
0735 Old Main
information and/or to see examples of funded proposals, please contact Patricia
Lambert in the CHaSS Dean’s Office at
Teachers’ Workshop for the Perpetuation of Democratic Principles is a program
made possible by an endowment to Utah State University’s Mountain West Center
for Regional Studies. The endowment was created by Ione Bennion, a teacher and
community activist, to “provide an atmosphere and the educational resources to
explore the concepts upon which democracy is built, the conditions under which
it flourishes, and the dangers to its existence.”